My role as a Seeker and Searcher in Life

Seekers are those who set their paths themselves to seek their goals. They may need support and encouragement in the initial phase, but by intuition they keep envisioning acting upon their own choosen path. Searchers have to be supported to help find their goals in the first place. Not only do they initially need help, they can easily give up their search unless they can find concrete observation to accomplish their search.
Searching and seeking should not be considered separate paths, rather to be considered as interlinked and sequential process. When the searchers find unique observation or result in their path of search, they often become the seekers.
We search for ways to end conflict, we seek peace. We search for quiet places, we seek solitude. We search for like minded people, we seek relatedness. We search for affectionate persons, we seek love. We search for answers, we seek meaning.
In searching we usually move faster; in seeking we often have to slow down. Searching is more practical action oriented, where as seeking is more receptive, spiritual connotation.
I was almost a searcher during my long thirty six years of medical professional life since I became an M.B.B.S. doctor in February 1972 till I retired as Chief District Medical Officer, Bargarh Orissa in February 2008.In my post retirement life, I searched for new life style and chose Yoga and Spirituality to be the ways of living the present life.
When I searched the benefits of Yoga (asanas and pranayama), I found that it removes lethargy in body and dullness of mind which augment positive physical and mental activities. When as seeker I sought for meditation, I felt that Yoga is the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul.
When I became a devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba in my Spiritual life, as a searcher I found my involvement in puja, arati and bhajan in the gatherings of devotees in Sai Dham, Mandir and Ashrams. When as a seeker I sought for devotion, I learnt “Shraddha &Saburi” to be the core values of a Sai Baba devotee.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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11 Responses to My role as a Seeker and Searcher in Life

  1. Dr. Madan Goyal says:

    You are absolutely right.
    Happiness, peace, solitude and love are functions of mind.

    Though search is also a function performed by mind, but there is an essential difference between search and seek.I once read a popular quote in which the difference between power of money and wisdom were explained.There were about 10 quotes, I am able to recall one; ‘Money can buy bed but not sleep’.

    I think all search or seeking ends with God.

    Our unfulfilled desires lead to dissatisfaction and anger.Competing for same thing, which is short in supply leads to conflict; Greed, excess of love ( MOH), excess of emotion leads to fogging of clear path. ( Limbic cortex over-powering cerebral cortex.) That leads to distorted actions. Result is further dissatisfying.It depends partly on stage of life and mind.Since child has to learn, feel , enjoy many other things; he can’t be expected to feel what you can feel at this stage.But important thing is that most of the people are not able to get above their worldly desires and can’t accomplish them because of their age and other handicaps.These unfulfilled desires result in restlessness, anger etc.On the other hand submission to God in all aspects is best Moksha.

    Saints are able to explain the same in detailed and better ways.They are able to convince the people to ‘Eternal Peace, Glory, Power and Wisdom.’

  2. V.Nageswar Rao in his mail sent to me has said:

    The recent article on your role as a Seeker and Searcher in Life is really very good and learningful article for anybody.

    It will be a real and good example for any body, even me how best we become good seeker and searcher in old age.

    Really you are lucky in spending your post retirement time with Yoga and Spirituality at Sai Dham.

  3. Rebati says:

    It’s a great article….

    Such things are very thinner aspects of life, true and practical.But being confined to our busy life, we ignore and don’t realize them.Living a practical life without spirituality will be like a flower without fragrance.Also, if we don’t consider the practical aspects of spirituality, that will not make much sense in life.

    I think if we can realize and adhere spirituality in our practical life, then life will be more beautiful..

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  5. Lizzette Kochmanski says:

    There’s lots of good information on this web site.

    Well described the meaning of seeker and searcher.

  6. Roxy Vitanza says:

    Thanks very much!

    You have rightly said-“We search for answers, we seek meaning”.

    It’s always wonderful to discover a good blog website.

  7. Kyzar Chamonix says:

    I’m impressed by the quality of information on the site.
    There are loads of interesting resources here.

    It is well said-“Searching is more practical action oriented, where as seeking is more receptive, spiritual connotation”.

  8. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Your auto-biography as a seeker & searcher in life in yoga & spirituality is befitting to all aspirants to manage life-style with person, place and time variation without mere sign of sorrow; because you have clearly depicted what you are practising and you have experienced in life. So if one will follow, learn, experience and practise the same; then definitely he will forget the hurdles of life and enjoy it.

    With reference to your topic, I would like to say: a searcher means a scientist, a surgeon like me who is always brooded with mind and body whereas a seeker means a philosopher, a physician like you engaged with mind and consciousness mainly; but one who has been adapting both and transgressing both is called a divine being.

    So I end here with a Dictum:
    life is a game, play it
    life is a dream, realise it
    life is a challenge, meet it
    life is a battle, fight it
    life is a love, enjoy it
    life is a gift, divine it.

    Thanking You,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Sr.Surgery Consultant
    Bargarh Odisha

  9. We mostly live within our mental sphere. We don’t have access to the beyond-mind zone where pure awareness exists. Is it possible then to act upon any of our mental faculties or physiological activities from the level of pure awareness? Moreover, pure awareness zone is a completely non-active zone. Can any action or decision have its inception in that zone? Therefore, all that is be done can be done within the the physical and mental spheres.

    But what can be done, and who is to do? All that is done is done by one entity-‘I’. And ‘I’ is a representative of universal God within every individual. Can we locate the presence of ‘I’ behind every thought we think, every emotion we feel, every action we perform? If we can do so, we can catch hold of ‘I’. We can then look upon it with devout feelings. This would be real worship of God. We can watch with joy the dance of ‘I’ within us. We can see ‘I’ winking at us from behind every thought, feeling, action. We can realise that ‘I’ is the real face of God. And one day, God Himself will descend in His absolute, total silence.

    • There are millions of thoughts lying dormant within the dark chamber of human psyche. It is awareness that falls upon any thought and makes it lighted, awake and throbbing with life. If this be the scheme of Nature, and I am that bundle of awareness, I may choose to fall on any thought I wish. I can avoid falling on any negative thoughts and choose to fall on the positive ones. 🙂 🙂

  10. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    It is a very nice and meaningful article. Searching has different meaning for different persons in their lives. Someone search for money, power, position; someone search for love but all these are to fulfill his desires. Everyone should search the aim of life which ends with seeking of Bhaktibhava of God. Then the person known as the true seeker.

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